UP biodiversity educator honored for connecting theory and community engagement

Dr Aimee Lynn Dupo, an associate professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences of UP Los Banos, is one of Bato Balani Foundation’s The Many Faces of the Teacher 2017 honorees. 

The award is given to educators who “solve real community issues and turn theory to practice.”

Dupo was recognized for her work that “enriches the perspective about the country’s biodiversity.” An entomologist, she conducts biodiversity training for hobbyists, students and faculty and leads seminars for communities to learn about beekeeping, pollinator studies and livelihood programs using honey.

The Many Faces of the Teacher is part of the campaign of Bato Balani Foundation Inc. and its partners to “extol the virtues of teaching and help uplift the teaching profession by providing role models who can inspire excellence.”

In 2015, Dupo was a finalist of the first UP Gawad Pangulo for Progressive Teaching and Learning, a systemwide competition that aims to showcase as models the university’s outstanding educators who enrich the course content and innovate in pedagogy while continuing to uphold the fundamental value and relevance of their courses.

Dupo believes that it is her responsibility to introduce and expose her students to activities that will enable them to think critically and be transformed into life-long learners.

“Learners in my opinion find ways on how they can better themselves. They realize that the world does not revolve around them–it is the other way around. This way, my learners become more conscious of the actions they make. They learn to develop a sense of accountability.”

(Image taken from the Bato Balani Foundation website)